Tsering Woeser (b. 1966), who publishes under the single name Woeser, is a photographer, poet, blogger, and essayist, and is among the most active and best-known Tibetan public intellectuals active today. Born in Lhasa, she currently lives in Beijing under close surveillance and publishes in Chinese. Her work incorporates social and political criticism, reflections on Buddhist religious practice, and self-reflective explorations of a Sinophone Tibetan woman living in the dual Tibetan and Chinese cultural worlds. She is the recipient of numerous awards including the Courage in Journalism Award (2010) and the International Women of Courage Award from the US State Department.

Her earlier writing includes Notes on Tibet (西藏笔记) (Huacheng Publishing Press, 2003), Voices from Tibet (Hong Kong University Press, 2013), and her collection of poetry Tibet’s True Heart (Ragged Banner Press, 2008). In 1999 she began collecting and researching her father’s photographs, a process that culminated in the book Forbidden Memory: Tibet During the Cultural Revolution (Potomic Books, 2020). Woeser’s 2016 Tibet on Fire (Verso 2016) documents the acts of self-immolation that have taken place across the Tibetan world and serves as an extended meditation on the nature of cultural identity and resistance.

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